Steve Moulds

Steve Moulds

Louisvillian Steve Moulds, who is a playwright-in-residence at Theatre [502], is one of the winners of the Hope and Optimism Initiative playwright awards.

The Hope and Optimism Initiative is a $4.8 million, three-year project at the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University, funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

According to “The initiative aims to explore the theoretical, empirical and practical dimensions of hope, optimism, despair, pessimism and related states. It is funding research by social scientists (psychologists, sociologists, cognitive scientists) as well as philosophers and scholars of religion.”

Moulds won a $3,000 second prize “Hope on Stage” award for his play “The Body.”

Moulds formerly worked in the Actors Theatre literary department. He worked on the Humana Festival anthology “Oh, Gastronomy!” and “The Wedding Guest,” commissioned by the theater. He also has co-written three plays with his wife, Diana Grisanti: “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn,” a serialized play commissioned by Theatre [502] and produced during First Friday art walks at the Baron Theatre; “The Two Lobbyists of Verona,” commissioned by Theatre [502] and Kentucky Shakespeare for last year’s Shakespeare Festival; and “The Baker Goes to War,” commissioned by Walden Theatre. Also for Walden, he adapted Kafka’s “Metamorphosis.”

The Inkwell Theatre presents this synopsis of “The Body” — “An uneasy relationship between a stepfather and stepdaughter tips toward madness when a mysterious and menacing doll is left at the front door.”

Moulds holds an MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center, a National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence at Curious Theatre Company, a Fred Coe Playwright in Residence at Vanderbilt University, and an Al Smith Fellow through the Kentucky Arts Council. He also has had work commissioned by the Chicago comedy ensemble The Hypocrites, who have made several Actors Theatre appearances.